Gold filled, 14kt, 24kt, solid gold and so on. You would say gold is gold, right? Everything may look the same, but there are quite some differences between all these terms. In this post we would love to explain them to you and help you understand the value of each kind.
‘Gold filled’ comprises a solid layer of 14kt gold permanently bonded to a base metal. The minimum layer of gold must equal at least 1/20th the weight of the total item. It is very hard wearing and under normal wear the gold will not peel or flake, unlike gold plate, and is commonly used as a more economical alternative to pure gold.
It also has twice as much gold than ‘gold plated’ jewellery. 14kt Gold filled is more valuable, this means that you’ll pay more for these items, but they stay beautiful over the years. In our atelier we only work with 14k gold filled material, nothing plated.
When your item is solid gold, it’s made of 100% percent gold. Your piece is very valuable, but not as strong as gold plated or gold filled. Gold is one of the delicate metals, therefore it’s more vulnerable.
It's that heart of gold & stardust soul that make you beautiful.R. M. Broderick
10kt, 12kt, 14kt, 18kt, 24kt
Gold is often mixed with other metals in order to make it stronger or change the color. This is indicated by the karats number, it tells the percentage of gold in relation to the other metals. When gold is not mixed, it’s marked as 24kt gold. When there is 75% gold and 25% other metals, it’s marked as 18kt gold. The minimum number of karats to call it gold is 10kt. In our atelier we work normally with 14kt gold, but we also love to make custom items in 18kt or 24kt gold.